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Ben BryceI am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. I completed my PhD in the Department of History at York University in 2013. My research focuses on migration, social welfare, nationalism, education, and religion in Argentina, Canada, and Germany.

I am at present completing a book manuscript entitled Regimes of Pluralism: Language, Religion, and Ethnicity in Argentina and Canada, 1880-1930. Through the lens of thousands of German-speaking immigrants and their bilingual Argentine and Canadian children, it explores the connections between migration, language, education, and religion in the Americas in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. I examine the cultural policies of the state, the autonomy of immigrant parents and educators, and the influence of the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. Overall, I argue that the negotiation between state bureaucrats, community leaders, and bilingual children created two distinct forms of cultural pluralism in Argentina and Canada between 1880 and 1930.

Parts of this broader research project have appeared in the Canadian Historical Review, Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos, the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and in edited volumes.

I am the co-editor of a book entitled Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada. It explores how people, institutions, and ideas transcended the political boundaries of the United States and Canada. The discrete concepts of borderlands, transnationalism, and comparison offer important methodological considerations about the history of migration to and between the United States and Canada. This book calls on scholars to entangle the histories of these two countries. It is now under review with the University Press of Florida.